The Two Brewers in Clapham has made it through to the final of the Great British Pub Awards, in a national competition to recognise the best pubs in the country. The pub is a finalist in the Best LGTBQ+ Pub category, which it won in 2018.
A multi award-winning pub, the Two Brewers is legendary for its spectacular array of entertainment and street parties, as well as famed as a platform for launching new talent. The pub has created a safe, welcoming multi-cultural community hub that enables fledgling organisations and local groups to meet, practice, and perform in its space, feeding the production of over 600 events at the pub each year.
Over the years the venue has been a host to some of the most famous drag performers on the circuit. Many singers from around the world have graced the Two Brewers stage, including the UK’s Eurovision contestant Surie and X-Factor’s favourite Sam Bailey.
In addition, the pub’s Drag Idol competition, developed by manager Jimmy Smith, continues to grow across the national LGBTQ+ circuit, and this year see 110 acts participate for the chance to win the prize fund of £4,500 and take part in paid gigs at participating venues.
Jimmy said: “We are so excited to be in the running for this award for the second year running! The fact that we won ‘Best LGBTQ+ Pub’ last year made us even more determined to keep pushing forward and developing our entertainment offer to ensure we stand out as a winning example of a great British pub that specialises in catering for the LBGTQ+ community. We have everything crossed!”
Ed Bedington, organiser of the Great British Pub Awards, said: “These awards are the most rigorous of their kind for the pub sector and it’s a real achievement to make it this far into the competition.”
The Two Brewers is one of just six finalists in the Great British Pub Awards 2019’s ‘Best for LGBTQ+’ category. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on September 5.
The Two Brewers is owned by Stonegate Pub Company, the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ venue operator. Simon Longbottom, CEO, Stonegate Pub Company said: “As the biggest operator of LGTBQ+ venues in London and across the country, we fully support safeguarding the future of pubs and venues for this important part of our community. We are delighted that the Two Brewers has been recognised for its important role in the community and congratulate Jimmy and the team for all their hard work.”
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